Oh the tangled webs we weave . . .
After eight weeks in our new home we are still plugging away at settling in. The house was in great shape when we bought it but there are still a lot of changes I want to make and that will just take time. The latest thing we’ve been up to is having the hardwood floors refinished . . .
. . . something we didn’t expect to have to do when we signed the papers.
When we flew out for the weekend to house hunt and ultimately make an offer on our new home the floors looked amazing. They were in great shape and had a beautiful sheen. Four weeks later we drove into town, signed final papers, spent the first night in our new home, and woke the next morning to the sound of the moving van pulling into the driveway. I was so busy directing traffic that I didn’t even notice the floors.
Is anyone else like me? I often don’t notice things above my head or below my feet as I am so focused at eye level. This is a lesson in observation for me!
After a couple of days of unpacking I thought I’d better wash the floors. They were looking really grimy and I noticed that my bar stools were sticking rather than sliding smoothly across the kitchen floor. I figured it was all of the people in and out that had made the mess and also that maybe the previous owners hadn’t done a great job of washing the floors before they left.
I applied some super strength to the mop handle and I was able to scrape a faint line through the dirt but that was it. So down on my knees I went with my handy dandy Magic Eraser.
In my old house I used Restor-A-Finish on my floors whenever there was an area that needed a little touch up. That stuff is amazing! Antique stores use it to touch up furniture before putting it on the floor for sale. It has always been one of my best friends and this time it did not disappoint either.
The only problem is that the grime was SO sticky and hard to remove that it took me two hours just to do a small section beneath my kitchen cabinets . . . and the entire main floor (except for the den) is hardwood! How discouraging!
We called out an expert to look at the floors and he immediately recognized that the previous owners had applied paste wax to the floors to make it look good before putting it on the market. Not a good solution on a floor that has a polyurethane finish (varnished hardwoods can be waxed and buffed, polyurethane floors should not)!
Sometimes a hardwood floor needs a simple touch up with a good product like Restor-A-Finish (no, this is not a sponsored post, I just love the stuff). Other times a simple buff and polish will refresh its newness. Still other times a floor needs to be completely refinished, which is more costly and very dusty! Unfortunately, even though my floors were in good shape, the removal of the wax had to be done with a sander so it required a complete refinishing. On the plus side, our contractor was very reasonably priced and we got a mini vacation to Charleston out of it, as we had to stay off the floors for three days.
I’ll have more to share later this week!